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The thinker: Shaping life as it comes, one experience at a time

February 23, 2001

The thinker: Shaping life as it comes, one experience at a time



So, who am I?

I'm just your average, 30-something single male who writes and thinks a lot - maybe too much. The kind of person who sleeps with a note pad by the bed so he can reach over and scrawl something like, "Analyze my dream about moose tomorrow."

Of course, I wake up hours later and say, "What dream about a moose?" and throw it away. But sometimes I have good ideas.

While neither young nor old, I'm feeling myself grow and mature each year and think more seriously about what I want to be when I grow up, how much I want to have a family, what to do if my mom's health gets worse and other hard questions of life.

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I'm also looking back at earlier life experiences, from learning to drive to bodysurfing to dealing with grief. I sometimes stop what I'm doing to jot down a few thoughts about, for instance, the time I fell out of the Volkswagen bus and scared my mom half to death since I landed, chin first, in heavy traffic.

I'm the type who prefers e-mails to phone calls, who writes better than he talks, who prefers Post-its and writing on his hand to the organizers I inevitably receive for Christmas.

I'm also a guy who, in his early 20s, wrote a column for his college newspaper called "Butki's Babbles" and opined on everything from the world economy to the qualities of President Reagan to imagining what would happen if the devil appeared on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Then I thought I knew everything. Now I know better.

These are times to play, plan, reflect, think, write, have fun and think some more.

That's what I plan to do.

Scott Butki covers Washington County government for The Herald-Mail. Send e-mail to him at scottb@herald-mail.com.

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